Archive for September, 2007

Body Shop

On a sad note, I wanted to make note of the passing of two people that made an impression on me in the environmental movement. The first, was Anita Roddick, the found of the Body Shop. She was one of the leaders in the world of environmentally-friendly business. I was working in retail when she first came to America back in the 1980’s.

The other person I would like to make note of is professor Paul Nelson. He taught geology, earth and physical science and mathematics at Meramec Community College in Kirkwood Missouri. During my MoPIRG (Missouri Public Interest Research Group) organizing days,  he allowed me to make my five minute “speech” to his students.  He was a dedicated environmentalist  and I also had the pleasure of being a student in one of his earth science classes.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian 

Walk this way

There’s a nice article in yesterday’s New York Times called “Turning the Ride to School Into a Walk”. The only sad thing is I wish I had the time to walk my kids to school. My oldest son goes to a school that’s just over one mile away (which qualifies him for the bus).

Unfortunately with my wife working, two kids in different schools and a little one (18 months) it’s really impossible to even think about walking him to school.

If you’re interested however, Oct. 3rd is National Walk to School Day (which I think I can do) and here’s their website. When I get the chanc, I know I have some other articles on walking to school and I will get those up before then. While my kids don’t walk to school, we do walk (or ride a bike or scooter) almost everyday.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

Groceries

Here’s something I’ve been meaning to talk about for awhile now, Food. These two recent article have made me wish there was a Kroger’s still around. I grew up with one years ago but now I wish it was back due to two recent articles.

Last month, the Kroger Compnay said that by next February, they will sell only milk certified by dairy producers as coming from cows free of rBST (a synthetic hormone). Yea!

In the other article, the Kroger Company and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, will work together to expand the use of the alternative fuel E85 (a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline) to run in flex fuel cars. Another yea!

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

   

All wet

Today is yet another rainy day. Which allows me to segway right into another wet topic, the mississippi river. In today’s edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is an interesting article on a project called the Miss Rockaway Armanda, a raft built recycled from trash and powered on vegetable oil with a crew of artists and performers. They started in Minneapolis and are headed to New Orleans.Talk about a fun time. Oh yeah, they too have a blog.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

Rainy days and Mondays

It started with the anniversay of Hurricane Katrina, then came Hurricane’s Henriette (to the west) and Hurricane Felix (on the east) and add in the fact that I’m reading the book Windsept: The Story of Wind and Weather by Marq De Villiers and this has been quite a week for weather.

On the flip side of winds and clouds and rain, I just came across an article about suncreen, on the website for the Environmental Working Group . Amazingly, it comes from my home town newspaper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It’s entitled “The FDA Proposes a Four-Star Rating System for Sunscreens”.

Sincerely-

Green Librarian

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